Artisan Spotlight: Alexa, Sweetie Pie Design Co.

February 05, 2017

Let's admit it, being a mom itself is not easy. Having a full time job & running your own business could be even more challenging! Since we know that the #struggleisreal, we decided to ask one of our artisans, Alexa, the owner & designer of Sweetie Pie Design Co. to share with us her inspirations, advocacies, work-life balance tips & some bits of fashion advice when it comes to mom styling. 

What are your inspirations in making teething accessories?

I am a fairly new Mama and when my son began to teethe I searched high and low for stylish, eco-friendly, non-toxic teething accessories. I wanted a teething necklace that I could wear and my son could chew, but I didn’t want to compromise on the little bit of style I had left. I was already sporting a messy bun daily and could only hope my t-shirt and jeans were clean. I wasn’t ready to trade in what little style I had left for brightly colored plastic jewelry that looked like it was for babies. Not to mention that all of options I found also contained ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, let alone understand. This led me to source and design my own!

While style and price were important to me, I also wanted to make sure these teething accessories were eco-friendly, free of any harmful odours and chemicals, and safe for my son to chew. I knew these would be items he would use for a long time. Today he is 14 months old and still teething!

I love creating on-trend, one-of-a-kind accessories. I tried to design all of my necklaces and bracelets so that I would enjoy wearing them even without my baby around, and without anyone able to tell that it was really made for him. It didn’t take long before friends and strangers began approaching me and asking where I bought them and where they could too.

As moms we already compromise so much. My goal is to keep Moms stylish and chic, without compromising safety. I even had women that didn't have any kids buy my jewelry and that tells me I’m on the right track.

 

Why do you think it’s important for modern moms to buy eco-friendly & ethically made products? 

Unfortunately in this day and age, large companies are still using questionable ingredients and have questionable labor practices in order to turn large profits. Allowing chemicals into our products without safety testing, and without regulations on the claims these companies make, is a danger to our families. I think it's sad. We often trust that whenever we buy something that we use on our skin or when we eat it, that won't hurt us, and sadly this just isn't the case.

"All of my accessories are eco-friendly and made with 100% food grade silicone that is FDA approved, and BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead & Mercury free. Each item was inspired and designed originally for my own son. I only want the best for him, and for your little sweetie pies too."

What is your typical day and how do you balance your time in being a mom & entrepreneur?

My typical day is often very busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Between a full-time job, and caring for my 14 month old son, I find myself "relaxing" in the evenings when making teething jewellery. I really do find it relaxing because I love to create and work with my hands. Nothing makes me happier than sharing my designs and seeing so many sweetie pies literally drooling over my products. 

"The trick to finding balance for me is with my very supportive husband. Without him, none of what I do would be possible. When I find it stressful, he inspires me to continue. If I'm being unreasonable, he'll do something funny to make me laugh and that helps put everything back into perspective." 

I do my best to spend the majority of my weekends with my family because they are the fuel to my passion, what inspire my creativity, and the source of my joy.


Any fashion or style advice for moms who would love to try out your accessories?
"My advice is to use your accessories to balance your look. It IS possible to be comfortable, beautiful and still feel like you!" 

Take your everyday yoga pants and v-neck t-shirt and add our Cleopatra Teething Necklace, featuring large black faceted pendants, leaving you with a look that's both stylish and edgy. 

Want something trendy to go with your jeans and simple sweater? Add our monochromatic Geometric Teething Necklace

There's also Teething Pearls for the always chic mama. Whatever your personality, there's a look that's totally you, and safe for your sweetie pie to chew!  

Stay beautiful Mama, xo. Happy Teething!

 

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